I love homemade bread and biscuits, but I hate taking the time to knead the dough. I always have to have a sink filled with soapy water and flour everywhere, but what if there was a way to get away from the mess and still have my delicious biscuits?
Well, it turns out there are dough hooks specifically designed for hand mixers. How, I just need to know how to use the dough hook on a hand mixer.
What you need:
- Hand mixer – my favorites are by either Bosch or KitchenAid. KitchenAid is always a brand name I trust, and so is Bosch. Just remember, you do not need to spend a fortune on a good hand mixer. These are the best hand held mixer I have ever owned.
- Dough hooks – these are sometimes included with the hand mixer, but if not you can always purchase the attachment separately. They are a great investment for those who love to make their own bread.
- Mixing bowl – I love my bamboo one. It is nice and sleek looking, and also really good for the environment.
- Spatula – one with a rubber or plastic tip in order to check the elasticity of the dough and to make sure it does not stick to the sides of the bowl or your fingers!
- Flour – all purpose or non-raising flour will do since you will be adding baking soda to the recipe. It does not have to be a fancy brand name.
- Spices – Sugar does not matter if it is a caster or granulated, just do not use powder or icing sugar. Salt (if you use salted butter, you do not need to use salt.)
- Anything else you may want to put in your bread, scones or biscuits – black or red currants, raisins, cinnamon… the list goes on.
Now, let’s see if these dough hooks really work.
Attach your dough hooks to your mixer. They look kind of funny, but I can assure you they do work. Then put your butter into your mixing bowl. I always whip my softened butter first and then sieve in the flour, baking soda, sugar and salt. After I put in all of the dry ingredients, I begin to use my dough hooks to mix all of the ingredients together. This is what it should look like:
Start to add the milk to the dough mixture. Some add it all at once, while others add it bit by bit. Continue to use the dough hooks, but make sure you put them on high speed to knead the dough nicely.
Is this not great keeping your hand’s dough free? Once you think it is mixed well, check the dough to see if it is “spring-y” enough and that it bounces back when your finger touches it. If it does bounce back, then your dough is already.
What are you using the dough for? If you are making biscuits, you can simply roll out the dough and cut them out. If you are baking bread you can just let it sit and wait for it to raise before you put it in the bread loaf tin. If you are making pizza dough you can roll it out and start to add the toppings. If you are making scones, then add the currants or raisins to it for some extra flavor.
So what did you think of the tutorial? Making bread and dough for other products is now a lot less messy with these dough hooks. As soon as you put them on your hand mixer, you are good to go. One less worry when attempting to clean up the mess you made before with bits of dough all over the kitchen. To think, it one time took me an entire week since I did not know how to use dough hook on hand mixer.